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4/17/2014 4:01:00 PM  

You can't put a pair of grills on your living room, but you sure can try. One of the greatest ways to dress up a room is to add a little sparkle. It can be as simple as buying a disco ball-inspired vase or as in-depth as applying silver leaf to the majority of surfaces in your home. Either way, your home will be anything but boring. 

Blinged out accessories
The use of sparkly, shiny and bedazzled accessories is one of the simplest ways to add interest to a dull room, but it's very effective. From the hardware that holds your custom window treatments to a jeweled throw pillow, shiny accents will work best if there are at least a few of them scattered throughout the room. For example, adorn your mantlepiece with an array of vases encrusted in mirrors and fill them with big white flowers to keep the space feeling inviting, or buy a few bedazzled throw pillows and put a couple on the couches and chairs and match them with some mirrored picture frames. 

Go big
You can have a room that heavily features bling and still keep it classy. House Beautiful recommended refurbishing your mantlepiece with mirrors. Not only does this add some fun shine to your room, it will also help the space look more spacious. In addition or instead of that, you could use metallic wallpaper on your walls or ceiling. If the paper has a pattern that consists of silver and white, it will likely look more delicate than loud while still being interesting. If you're not into wallpaper, you can officially use metallic paint on your walls. If an all-silver living room seems like a little much to you, restrict it to the trim or furniture. Alternately, you could use the shiny paint in a small space like a bathroom or foyer. 

Do it yourself
If you want a do-it-yourself project that is challenging, produces amazing results, and will impress your friends and family, look no further than silver leafing. Elle magazine recommends applying silver leaf to sea shells for a sophisticated nautical look, or to a small side table to spruce up a space. 

In order to silver leaf, you will need several thin sheets of the material, exactly how much depends on what scale you're doing it. The material might come with glue, but if it doesn't then a spray adhesive will likely work well. You should prime the item you're looking to silver leaf in case there are cracks in the material and the base shows through. Spray small amounts of the adhesive at a time, and carefully apply the silver leaf with a paint brush. 

Have you added bling to your room with any of our window treatments? We'd love to see!

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4/8/2014 1:11:00 PM  

For those who seek to make a positive impact on the environment, there are things you can do in addition to composting and recycling. It's possible to decorate your home in a green way - without using the color green. Here are some decor ideas for the environmentally friendly.

Conserve energy
You can cut back on the environmental damage that the energy used for heating and AC can cause by better insulating your home. Using cellular shades in the summer keeps the sun from heating up the room, and installing additional film over windows helps cut back on draftiness in the winter. Taking these measures will reduce the need for air conditioning and heating which, in addition to saving you money, will help to shrink your carbon footprint.

Upcycle
Rather than buying a new vase, why not use a nice looking glass bottle? Reusing recyclables or items around the house instead of buying them is referred to as "upcycling," and is an environmentally friendly way to decorate. Giving old products more value instead of throwing them away reduces the need to use new materials. Next time you go to buy a new product, ask yourself if there's something around the house you can use instead.

Have houseplants
What's more green than houseplants? In addition to being visually appealing, having foliage indoors can improve air quality. NASA has discovered that they can use common plants to keep space stations breathable for humans, According to the University of Minnesota. Through photosynthesis, plants remove toxic gases from the air, like carbon dioxide, benzene and formaldehyde. If it's good enough for space, think about what it could do for your home.

Use renewable resources
Bamboo is a grass product and grows much more quickly than a tree. Using bamboo for floors, furniture or of course window shades is a terrific way to make your house feel more environmentally friendly, while also using your wallet to encourage bamboo production.

Image: Blackout cellular shades are a great insulator and keep your room warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

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3/14/2014 3:11:00 PM  

While white may not be the most exciting color by itself, it can serve as the perfect backdrop for other colors. A white wall or shelf makes everything else in your decor stand out and pop, so it's ideal for creating a clean, minimal space to show off your favorite decorations.

Go for the background
White doesn't need to be the start of the show to play an important part. If you go for an all-white kitchen or living room, the possibilities are endless for an accent color. Try putting in elements of baby blue or even a bold, cherry red. Once your accent color is in front of its white background, your eyes will be utterly delighted. Using these accents with not only white walls, but also couches, chairs and tables, will increase this wonderful effect.

Embrace the Zen of white
Any room that's rendered entirely in white will make you feel totally calm. The clean, unaltered neutral of white radiates a pale glow that makes you feel at ease. Use this to your advantage - take a bedroom that doesn't get enough light and redo the walls, the sheets and even the furniture to get that distinct white glow. To maximize the light you do get, try to use light filtering blinds and shades by themselves or along with very thin curtains. You may even want to use mirrors instead of pictures on the wall to help increase the light in the room, noted Country Living magazine.

Big rooms can be perfect in white
If you've got a large room in your house that you just don't know what to do with, consider giving it a totally white overhaul. You'll make the space not only feel a little larger, but much more open and breathable. Get some new sheer shades or cellular shades in a bright white color to really make the space feel airy with the combination of natural light and bright paint.

House Beautiful magazine noted that a white room like this makes a perfect backdrop for lightly finished antique furniture. The pale tones of pine and other woods will make for a gentle air in your great white room that will set you and your guests at ease. Adding an oversized houseplant in a white glazed pot can add to the lively look.
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3/5/2014 4:15:00 PM  

Adding a rug can tie a room together, but with so many choices in material, color, shape and size, it can be difficult to make a selection. Here are three tips to help you narrow down your options.

1. Choose the right size
The size of your rug can make or break an entire room's decor. If you're not going for a wall-to-wall carpet, you'll want one that will best fit your space. In larger rooms, you'll want a rug that's a good size, or it may make even a sprawling space feel small, according to HGTV hostess Emily Henderson. As a rule of thumb, try to be sure that the legs of your furniture will go over the edges of the rug. Smaller rooms can benefit from a smaller rug, as it won't make the area feel too crowded. Make sure you do your measurements before you shop, or you may wind up having to rearrange some furniture.

2. Choose the right color
Chances are you probably won't want to build your room around the color of a new rug. You'll want a carpet that matches the blinds and shades, chairs, couches and any other accessories you already have. It may be easier to choose something with downplayed colors since you don't want the focal point of the room to be the floor. Go for blue, gray or brown - these colors look good, match most other colors and will be easy on the eyes.

3. Choose the right material
You're going to want your rug to match the general look of your room. If you have lots of natural materials, like a set of wood blinds or a rustic coffee table, you'll want to match them with a carpet that's made from plant fibers. In particular, hemp is a very strong material for rugs, and it can be dyed a wide variety of colors. Its durability lends it well to being used in areas with high traffic, like hallways or doorways.

There are many ways to make your room come together, such as getting your window treatments, rugs and curtains to all match. Whether you want them all in the same color family or prefer a bold, complementary look, you'll find that keeping all these accessories in line will make your room feel complete.
Imperial Rug


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By Seth
2/11/2014 12:34:00 PM  

If you're in the market for new window treatments and you don't know where to begin, you might want to take a look at some of the hottest trends in interior design. Whether you're interested in drapes, blinds, shades or shutters, scoping out new styles can give your home a fresh look.

One trend that's taking the interior design world by storm is historical patterns, according to Lake Michigan Shore magazine. If it seems a little far-fetched, don't rule it out just yet - this style has primarily become popular thanks to the hit PBS television show, "Downton Abbey." The fictional program, which is set at the turn of the 19th century, mainly takes place on a Yorkshire country estate owned by the Crawley family.

"The rooms and furnishings are beautiful, and I'm sure it's part of the reasons that some viewers are attracted to tune in," Cecilia Zubler, center director for the Barker Mansion in Michigan City, Indiana, told the news source. "As someone who has also had to work with interior design firms to recreate and restore the history presented in room decor, I can appreciate the precision and resulting beauty."

More experts are saying that the show is influencing what homeowners are looking for as they redesign their living spaces. Sarah Cole, marketing director for Farrow & Ball, states that intricate one-of-a-kind patterns are all the rage.

Achieving a historical look
Just because your home was constructed in the 20th century doesn't mean that you can't harken back to a different time period through your interior design. There are many ways that you can incorporate this style into your rooms, and doing so can bring more character to your home.

One easy strategy you can use is to apply curtains or drapes to your windows with detailed patterns. As seen on "Downton Abbey," this type of decor can instantly make a space more eye-pleasing and elegant. Check out our many designer curtain options here: www.paylessdecor.com/Window-Curtains/Window-Curtains.asp

Another way you can add character and a sense of age to your interiors is by bringing in vintage items, according to Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Visit yard sales, flea markets and thrift stores to find antiques that can add visual interest to your rooms. By taking these few tips into account and some of the hottest interior design styles, you can create a living space that you'll love to show off. Our distressed blinds can add a warm, antique look.

Parisian Pleat Honey Silk Curtain
(as seen with Parisian Pleat, honey silk curtains and roman shades)


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By Seth
11/25/2013 2:38:00 PM  
Watch Rhoda, from Southern Hospitality Blog install our bamboo shades in just a couple minutes. You can do it too!



Check out our 100s of bamboo patterns here. We have some great deals running right now!

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11/8/2013 11:52:00 AM  

Earthy Fall hues
It's that time of the year - the leaves are starting to turn and you might even catch the smell of fall in the air. That can mean only one thing: It's time for autumn decor. 

Don't get us wrong, there's still plenty of time to experiment and revel in the joys of summer pigments, but if you're itching for a change in scenery then it may be time to give your rooms a fresh coat of paint. If paint isn't what you're looking for, switch out your blinds and shades and other room accents instead. 

Earthy
As always, earthy hues are the pinnacle of fall interior design. Rich brown, burnt orange and crisp olive always mark the season, but this year, try tempering it with slate instead of cream. Ditch Thanksgiving in the countryside, and try turkey day in the city on for size. And even though gray is reminiscent of the concrete jungle, it can also be a way to add a primitive feel to the area. Think cobblestones and blacksmiths and use your imagination in your decor.

Jewel-tone
Deep jewel tones are a great way to bring autumn into your home. If you don't feel like giving the living room the complete royal treatment with lush plum, dark teal and emerald green, just try painting the walls a few shades darker than what they are. It'll match your color scheme while still making the space feel brand new. If you need to venture from your palette, taking even a few steps in a different direction but within the same color can do wonders, and make your home feel cozier in the frosty fall. 

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11/7/2013 12:23:00 PM  

Food tastes better when your catch it yourself - or at least when you eat it on a rough wooden table. That's why rustic dining rooms are so hot right now - they transport you back to a simpler time, or to a remote cabin in the woods where your meals are the satisfying end to a hard day's work. 

Lighting
In a rustic dining room, natural light is key. However, since most of us eat after the sun goes down, it can't be UV rays all the time. Layer warm lights to imitate the kind of glow that you might find in the great outdoors. Try hanging a few low-hanging overhead lights with iron details over your dining room table for deep woods ambiance. 

The custom window treatments you choose are totally up to you. Keep with the color scheme, but aside from that the sky is the limit. Natural roller shades, drapes and bamboo blinds are all fair game in your new rustic dining room. 

Natural materials
What better way to create a woodsy dining room than with natural materials? But nature-inspired accents aren't limited to wood. While an oversized, rough wooden dining room table is a staple of this particular style, that doesn't mean it's the only material you can use. Consider installing large slate tiles for the flooring and topping it with a plush but modest rug for a touch of coziness. 

Another form of natural materials include greenery. While flowers don't necessarily fit into the whole roughing it vibe, you could keep a collection of succulents in the middle of your table as a nature-inspired centerpiece. If you want to add a touch of femininity, put a few long-stem flowers in a vase.

Keep it on the simple side
The rule of thumb when it comes to decorating a rustic room is to keep everything on the simpler side. The space should look as though it could have been built without the use of modern technology. Patterns can be used, but try to keep them in a low contrast and in a darker hue. The less frills you end up featuring in the room, the more successfully you will pull off rustic chic. That doesn't mean eliminating all details, but try to minimize it as much as you're able. 

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By Seth
10/28/2013 5:13:00 PM  

The bathroom is one of the most important parts of the home for you and your guests alike. If you're considering redoing your bathroom, these tips can help you make your bathroom - and your home - like an entirely new place. 

Let in the light
Utilizing natural light in your bathroom can make it feel like a fresh and bright space, which is a good way to make your bathroom feel inviting. MSN noted that when it comes to master bathrooms, getting as much sun as possible is all the rage, whether it's adding a new window or even a skylight. One easy way to get your bathroom to feel brighter is to change the window treatments that you're using - consider using faux wood blinds or faux wood shutters that will give you the perfect balance of sun and privacy in your bathroom.

Try to make space in your bathroom
Even in small bathrooms, you can make plenty of space. This will make you and your guests' experiences more relaxing in the bathroom. Try to free up as much floor space as possible by eliminating unnecessary items like towel racks. Many pieces of furniture in the bathroom can easily be replaced by hanging wall-mounted items.

Change your bathing experience
One of the biggest trends in contemporary bathroom design is to overhaul your entire shower or bath, noted HGTV. Instead of a standard shower, consider installing one that uses steam jets. This can change your bathroom into a spa-like experience that will leave you feeling refreshed every time you step out of the shower. With new technologies available, these changes are much more affordable than they once were.


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10/7/2013 12:19:00 PM  

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9/27/2013 5:29:00 PM  

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9/27/2013 5:28:00 PM  

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9/18/2013 2:49:00 PM  

All of Payless Decor's wood and faux wood window blinds will come with a valance.  This valance will hide the metal portion of the headrail of the blind and the mounting brackets used in installation.  It will make the overall appearance much sleeker and more elegant.  We also sell the Premium Fauxwood Valance separately on our website here:https://www.paylessdecor.com/Blind-Parts/Payless-Decor-Faux-Wood-Decorative-Crown-Valance.asp.  Please note that this valance will only attach to the headrail of a 2" fauxwood blind.  It will not fit over a vertical blind or any blind with a large headrail or track system.  Read below to see how to attach your fauxwood valance clips quickly and easily. 

On the back side of the valance you will see a groove. The clips you have received to attach the valance over the headrail are going to be small clear "hidden" valance clips.  They do not wrap around the valance.  

valance clip instructions

Valance clip

You will twist each clip into the back groove.

Valance 2 Instruction

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The open portion of the valance clip is what will be pointing toward the base of the valance as this is what will latch onto the headrail.

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Attach the clips evenly spaced over the length of the valance.  You will not need a lot of these clips.  In most cases 2 will do the trick. 

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Now you are ready to hang the valance on the headrail of your 2" Premium blind.


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9/9/2013 10:40:00 AM  

Fall is a time to get wrapped up in warm materials and colors. As the weather gets cooler, you can take advantage of the opportunity to wear jackets and scarves with wooly textures and you can do the same to your home. Try these tips to bring your decor to its rightful autumnal place.

Natural materials
Using wood, wool, cashmere and other natural items for your decor can make your home feel like it's right in season, interior designer Lauren Nelson told the San Francisco Gate. He suggests using lots of woven materials that are based in nature to get the feel of the time of year when the leaves are changing and we turn toward winter. The dynamic change in the season can also inspire a new range of colors to choose from.

Nelson suggests using combinations like dark walnut wood with navy blue and orange. Colors like this look great anywhere, from new throw pillows on the couch to your window shades. Using wood blinds or bamboo blinds can help complement the reds, browns and oranges that you'll want to bring into your home during the fall.

Variety everywhere
In autumn, you'll notice a wide variety of colors and weather happening all at the same time. One day can be warm and sunny while the next might be cool and cloudy. You can replicate that same eclectic feel in your home. According to the Associated Press, you can feel free to mix your wildest design ideas together into rooms bursting with energy this season. Since you'll be spending more time inside, it's good to have rooms that are as interesting as possible.

Since the light outside will be changing, autumn is also a great time to try playing with the amount in your home. You want to take advantage of the change outside to completely overhaul your light system, both in how much sunlight you allow in to what kind of fixtures you use. Try using blinds and shades that give you more control over your light levels. You might also want to consider using overstated lights like giant chandeliers or floor lamps that give off plenty of glow. They'll help to keep you and your family awake as it gets darker earlier and they'll add some fun to your decor.


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9/9/2013 10:39:00 AM  

Combining patterns is the perfect way to energize an outfit, but it's an even better way to stimulate a room. It can be a challenge, but when executed correctly it's absolutely worth the risk. Don't be afraid to go big with these tips on how to mix prints. 

Two-tone palette
One of the most failsafe methods of combining patterns is to limit your color scheme to two hues. House Beautiful recommended being extra careful by keeping one of the tones neutral to complement whatever second color you choose. For example, mix lemon zest with an optic white and use natural accents to taper the combo. Bamboo blinds are a great accessory in a room with wooden floors, and keeping the pigment simple gives you the freedom you need to go crazy with stripes and geometric prints. 

Monochrome
If you're decorating with a single color, you should definitely be using more than one pattern. Prints lend visual texture to a room, which creates enough variety to make a monochrome room look chic, not boring. Remember that you can play with different shades of the same color when using patterns. Consider painting wide stripes on the walls using a pretty plum and a slightly lighter hue. Or, keep the walls simple and inject patterns with throw pillows, carpets and custom window treatments. 

Switch up the scales
One trick to mixing patterns successfully is to vary the scale. For instance, if you're thinking of using florals with stripes, look for stripes on the smaller size and bold flowers or vice versa. Prints that are the same size are more likely to clash than ones that are varied. Additionally, a smaller pattern will blend together more and even though it will hold the same level of interest, it will do more of what a solid would in terms of tempering the more bold pattern. 

Use texture as a pattern
You can mix patterns in a more subtle way by substituting some prints with deep textures. Materials such as wicker, seersucker, suede and leather are all a means of combining prints. The girlishness of a lace pattern and the masculinity of leather would contrast nicely in a study or living room, while seersucker would be a great accent to a nature-inspired print in a bedroom or dining room. 


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9/5/2013 4:31:00 PM  

Fall is just around the corner, and with it comes a new school year, some of our favorite holidays and a fresh color palette to work with. As fun as summer decor was, it's about time for some crisp colors and autumn-inspired accessories. 

Colors
If you want to completely redo a room, there's no better time to do it than fall. Your kids are out of the house for longer periods of time, and inspiration is everywhere - just look outside! The cool temperatures in autumn are offset by the plethora of oranges, blood reds and mustard yellows - all warm colors - around you. If you're wondering what other hues to use when decorating with these toasty hues, white or cream blinds and shades will keep your space clean and chic. For something a little more mysterious, use slate gray or royal purple. 

Materials
Fall decor is also cheap because you can pretty much bring the outdoors in. Fill a wicker basket with fallen leaves or pine cones for a charming seasonal centerpiece - just make sure they're bug-free first! Natural materials are perfect for this season, from something organic like an unusually twisted tree branch to a clean accessory like wood blinds. Small pumpkins, dried cornhusks and gourds make for perfect motifs with which to adorn your mantlepiece, window boxes and table. If they don't suit your color scheme, just give them a quick coat of white spray paint for a neutral effect.

Lighting
Some of the prettiest natural light occurs in the fall. It is for this reason that you should consider switching your current drapes for a set of custom window treatments to suit your home and give autumn sunshine the frame it deserves. When the sun goes down, consider decorating with candles for a sultry atmosphere, or layer the tiny flames with dim, warm lightbulbs. Chandeliers, in all their elegance, are perfect for autumn. 

Accessories
According to Martha Stewart, wreaths are a must-have for fall decorating. With all the materials you can choose from, it's hard to land on just one. Dried corn, feathers, pine cones, fallen leaves and white roses all make beautiful wreaths. Simply choose the item or items that represent fall most to you and construct a beautiful wreath or garland with which to decorate your home. 


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9/3/2013 4:58:00 PM  

Polka dots can be girlish, chic, sophisticated or playful. They're one of the most versatile patterns out there, and look great on their own or with other patterns. But how can you get the exact look you want with polka dots?

Girlish
This print makes for an amazing little girls' room. The best part is that polka dots are now available as decals, so you don't need to use wallpaper if you want to surround yourself with them. Consider using white polka dots - not only do they match everything, but the blankness isn't as imposing as a color would be. Just paint the room your child's favorite shade and stick a few large dot decals on the walls! We love this look with billowy custom window treatments. 

Chic
To decorate a chic room with polka dots, you have to think big, and you have to do so in black and white. In this case, it might be best to opt for polka-dotted accessories rather than walls. A black chair with big white polka dots is gorgeous and vintage-looking, as is an alabaster area rug with large onyx dots. The best part? You can decorate the rest of the room within this color scheme or in any other way - it will likely match regardless. For a chic window treatment, opt for neutral-colored blinds and shades.

Sophisticated
Pin-point polka dots fit sophisticated decor like a glove. It makes for gorgeous embellished wallpaper, furnishings or accessories, it doesn't matter which you choose. In terms of hues, we particularly love burgundy over beige, kelly green on top of navy blue, cream over chocolate and slate atop charcoal. But whatever color combination you choose, we're sure your tiny polka dots will look dashing.

Playful
It's simply in polka dots' nature to be playful, so this is the easiest style with which to decorate in a dotted fashion. But, we do have a favorite way to do so. All of the above design methods use only one color of polka dot, but here we recommend that you use multiple. That could be as simple as finding a pattern that slips a green dot in among its blue peers, or as intricate as alternated black dots with white ones on top of a mustard background.


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8/27/2013 2:34:00 PM  

Decorating with white is nothing new - a completely bleached room that still looks interesting is the ultimate symbol of design flair. But now designers are loving this trend for fall, paired with autumn staples and accent colors. Here are some tips for combining fall decor with an all-white palette. 

Cream and white
Mixing cream with white is an excellent way to warm up a blanche color scheme. It allows you to adhere to the general theme without sacrificing coziness. The best way to utilize these two shades is to just go for it. It's hard to go wrong with the combination, so feel free to decorate with no holds barred. If you are truly nervous, do the simple thing: Keep the walls white, upholster your furnishings and custom window treatments in cream, and add a few gold accents to marry the two. 

Autumn naturals
What says "autumn is here" better than pumpkins and fallen leaves? Lucky for us, both of these things can be used in your interior design, and in your all-white room to boot. In addition to carving charming jack-o-lanterns to light up your porch, consider painting a few pumpkins white and decorating your mantle with them. You can line up a perfect row of tiny bleached pumpkins on your windowsill behind your discount window treatments, or arrange a few of varied sizes on your dining room table for a perfect seasonal centerpiece. 

Another fun DIY project is to gather fallen leaves from your yard and use them to fashion a wreath. Spray paint just the tops of the leaves white and leave the underside their natural color - this will create a dimension while allowing some of fall's natural colors to peek through. 

Fall patterns
Since the most important part of decorating a monochrome room is varying the patterns to add visual interest, take this opportunity to utilize some of the popular patterns for this fall. According to HGTV, one of the print trends this season includes nature-inspired patterns on a large scale. Try to find a wallpaper or fabric in a white, off-white combination that depicts graphic florals or other plant-based motifs to adorn your all-alabaster room. Or find a low-contrast animal print that heavily features white to capitalize on one of fall's other popular patterns. 


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8/22/2013 7:46:00 PM  

Got some free time on your hands for a change? Use it to improve your bathroom with one of these small, clever upgrades. It's amazing how little money and effort it takes to make your commode feel new, and with a few small replacements and an eye for design, you too can improve the space. 

Repurpose other rooms' gear
If you want to make your bathroom trendy again, just repurpose some old items from different rooms. For example, Real Simple suggested painting an unused nightstand and slipping it by your tub or sink to hold various vanity items. Or use a spare wicker basket to stow restroom items in, such as toilet paper or cotton balls, depending on the size. And why not use a charming case or vintage crystal glass to display more bathroom accessories, like brushes and q-tips? 

Add a surprising flourish 
Nothing says brand new bathroom quite like a change in custom window treatments. Just switch out whatever style you had to completely change the way light filters into the space. For instance, if you have used drapes in the past, opt for blinds and shades. You can also layer your window treatments for extra decor - and privacy too. 

Apply some of the staples you have in other rooms to the bathroom to make it feel more luxurious. A flourish of potted plants or a chic flower arrangement will make the space feel homier while also freshening the air. If you want something even more unique, go for a tier of hanging flower pots that cascade from the ceiling. Or stick some potted tendrils on a shelf and let the leaves curl down below it. 


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8/13/2013 5:53:00 PM  

It's not unusual for siblings to share a room, whether it be for a few months or a few years. While this can be a source of tension for your little ones, many of the subsequent problems can be prevented. How? Why, with interior design, of course! 

Separate the space
One of the best ways to avoid the "She's touching my stuff!" argument is to simply separate the space in a way that makes sense. Your kids are more likely to get along if they're not forced to do so. And if you put in a subtle dividing line in, they will be less inclined to draw one themselves.

Real Simple recommended using a small pocket door to conserve space, but a cheaper alternative to that is to use custom window treatments to divide the room. It doesn't have to go all the way across the room - hang curtains between the beds so your kids feel as though they have some privacy. You should also make a concerted effort to keep their items organized on their designated side of the room - their furniture, clothes, desks etc. It doesn't have to be a perfectly even divide, but by grouping their personal belongings together, you reduce the chance that they'll get in each others' way. 

Use creative storage
Keeping your kid's room neat is hand enough when there's only one of them. Throw a partner in crime into the mix and you've got quite the mess on your hands. And on top of that, two little ones crammed into the space room can make spare room hard to come by. Luckily, all of these things can be combated with some clever organization tricks. 

HGTV recommended using tall freestanding bookshelves to separate the room while also providing valuable storage space. If you're worried that there will be issues with sharing, put two bookshelves back to back so they have have equal amounts of room. 

Under bed storage is another great place to store clothes and toys without taking up too much floor space. Find rolling bins, baskets or install cubbies have have your kids sort their items into each section. 

Find a neutral middle ground
Even if it's two girls or two boys sharing a room, they're bound to have different color preferences. If they're not yet old enough to pick a palette, decorate a room in primarily neutral hues. You can inject pigment in a variety of easy ways that can be changed with their tastes - such as discount window treatments, section rugs, wall art and smaller furniture. 

If your son and daughter are sharing a room, don't feel the need to paint it pink and blue, right down the middle. Choose a base color that doesn't define a gender, like orange, yellow or green. You could also keep the walls mostly white and off-white and let your children choose the accents for a rainbow of personality. 

Personalize it 
To make your kids feel as though they still have a special place all their own, take the time to individualize their spaces. It's easy to simply get them matching sheets and room decor, but try to place some of their personal items around the room. For example, you could put large typographical hangings of their first initial in their areas, or have their pillows monogrammed. 

You also have the option of catering to their specific interests. If your daughter loves soccer, frame a picture of her with her teammates for her side of the room. If you son likes a certain artist, get him a poster of their most famous work. 


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